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42. Carriage of the Damned

“Forgive me, I wasn't myself.”

For Sabrina Jennings, tonight may be the most important night of her life. She has climbed aboard a cross-country train to find a cure to her werewolf curse, a journey that will bring her face to face with the long-dead murderer Gerard Stiles.

But when the carriage is abandoned on the tracks, leaving the passengers trapped and at each ... (more)

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Review By RyanOM1991 3/8/14 5:15 am
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Atmospheric, scary and suspenseful. Highly recommended!

Dark Shadows usually focuses on it's well-crafted and engaging characters, so a diversion from the usual narrative structure is very welcome.

This isn't presented as a usual episode but as an audio recording of a supernatural television documentary that slowly goes very very wrong.

Initially, the performances seemed a little stilted but it became clear that this was the presenters' facade to the public. It's only in the latter half when they show their real selves and what they really think of each other and what's going on around them.

Maggie Evans returns and gives a performance that just stays on the right side of melodrama. Her performance is probably the best, but there's tough competition from most of the actors involved.

The idea of using a lost recording format might not be the most inventive, but it is utilised so brilliantly here in that you really don't know what to expect. This isn't driven by narrative - anything could happen!

It starts off with plenty of exposition, which perhaps could have been delivered in a more interesting way than a presenter telling the audience, but apart from that the story really holds the attention.

To say any more would spoil the story, but rest assured that the slow foreboding and the escalating suspense comes to a devastating head in the climax. Well worth a listen!
Review By Polar Bear 3/6/14 7:46 am
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Wow!!! What a tale!

I have no idea why anyone said this story required any previous stories. It was my first Dark Shadows tale, and I was never lost or confused at any time.

The format, a one-hour "found footage" documentary from the 1970s, works wonderfully. It starts off a little cheesy and a trifle slow, as is appropriate for the time period, and then there's just a bit of weirdness--a mere trifle. And then a bit more. And a bit more.

Then, something unexpected turns the documentary on its ear, and everything descends into chaos. It's terrifying (in a good way). I've listened to it five times, and I'm not normally one to listen to my audios repeatedly.

There is a sense of sacrifice and redemption at one point, too, and I certainly appreciate that part.

A+, the rarest of grades.
Review By jolyon 2/1/14 2:24 am
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Dark and challenging, playing on the public perception of lawyers, this is one of Big Finish's most testing plays. When the perfect job offer comes along, Tony reasons it through with the assistance of the mysterious Lou. As the journey they share takes some unpleasant turns, Tony must consider all of the information open to him to stay on top of the situation and survive.

David Llewellyn has written a beautiful insight into the demons that haunt Tony, the past that led him to this train journey, and his decision making process. Jerry Lacy and W Morgan Sheppard put in a couple of spot on performances.

The last few tracks of this play are everything I have come to expect from the Big Finish Dark Shadows range. Loved it.
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